Dear Evan Hansen – Staff Review – Maddie

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich (Request)(CloudLibrary)

Based on the Broadway play which is also being turned into a movie, Dear Evan Hansen is a story about how a misplaced note can alter the lives of many people. TW: Teen suicideSeventeen-year-old Evan Hansen doesn’t have any school. When a letter he wrote to himself as a homework assignment from his therapist lands in the hands of a grieving family, he is given the chance to feel like he belongs to something. But is belonging worth secrets and lies he’ll have to keep?

3 stars.

Craft & Laugh fundraiser, Sept. 23

Join us for our first After Hours with APL fundraising event, Craft & Laugh. Instructor Kate Webber will walk you through how to create your own cowl by arm knitting. No experience necessary. Light refreshments and all supplies included. Please feel free to bring your own snacks as well! September 23rd at 6:30PM.

For more information contact Haley Warden.

$20 Registration/20 Participant Max

Tickets Are Available @

CONTACT: Haley Warden 207-333-6640 x2023

Great Adaptations – Staff Review – Terry

Great Adaptations : Star-nosed Moles, Electric Eels, and Other Tales of Evolution’s Mysteries Solved by Kenneth Catania (Request)

Want to know why the star-nosed mole has the world record for fastest eater? Or how that a species of water snake tricks fish into swimming into their mouths? It’s all in the book Great Adaptations. Dr. Catania covers several adaptations that have evolved in some of the more specialized species of animal in the world. The book both covers the adaptations, the way that the adaptations work at a cellular level, as well as the way in which original research and experimentation were done to test these adaptations. A bit more of a technical read but still thoroughly enjoyable for the general reader as well as anyone studying in that field.

5 stars.

Kids! Fairy Fair, Sept. 11 on the Lawn

For the young and young at heart…Come make fairy crafts! Join local fairy enthusiast Mary Gagnon and her friends for a special event celebrating fairies. Feel free to dress up, the fairies won’t mind. We hope you will join the fun. There will even be a raffle of some fairy treasure.

(Rain location: Androscoggin Room)

Date:Saturday Sep 11, 2021

Time:10:00 AM  –  11:30 AM

Location:Auburn Public Library Lawn

The Rules of Magic – Staff Review – Haley

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Request)(CloudLibrary)

Magic, witches, and the origin story of the crazy aunts from Practical Magic? Yes please! Alice Hoffman’s prequel to her beloved Practical Magic follows the lives of siblings Franny, Jet, and Vincent. From the summer of their youth spent with their aunt, through their lives, this is a wonderful addition to the stories of the Owens witches.
Having read most of Alice Hoffman’s books, and enjoyed them all, I was excited to start this book. True to the first novel, the siblings endure the curse all Owens witches must face, and while trying to avoid love, this is truly a love story at heart.

4 Stars


If we have an email address for you on file, you will be notified via email when you have holds to pick up, and when items are overdue. If there is no email address on your library record, we will call you.

Not Getting Email Notifications From Auburn Public Library?

It appears that some APL customers are not receiving all the e-mail notifications.  In some cases this may be due to the notice having been perceived as junk e-mail by your mail program, partly because the Minerva system sends out so many of these notices at once.

A proactive way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to let your e-mail program know that you really do want to receive e-mails from the library’s automated system. Here’s a link describing the process of ‘whitelisting’ a domain or address for Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook.

The e-mail ID to whitelist is

If you want help setting things up, call the Lending or Reference desk (333-6640) or drop by anytime to walk through the process.

Set up Text Messages

If you prefer, you can set up your account to send text messages for library notifications. To set up text messages,  log in to your library account here: and click on the “Modify Personal Information” option. Then, opt in to receive SMS Alerts.

Watch a brief video on setting up text messages here.

Meditating on Nature’s Wisdom, July 26 via Zoom

The natural world has so much to teach us about daily living if we practice mindfulness and stillness. From the plant life to the natural landscape, there are many lessons that enhance our emotional and physical wellbeing. Join Martin Gagnon, a certified Meditation and Mindfulness instructor, as he leads nature-based meditations and chronicles some of the science behind Forest Bathing.  No meditation experience is necessary.

This program will take place via Zoom.  To register, click here, contact the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4 or email  

This program is part of our Adult Summer Reading Program, “Tales with Tails” during which we will be reading, learning, and talking about summer, nature and animals – both wild and domestic!  The program runs from June 8-August 31st.   FMI about our Summer Reading Program, check our website, call the Reference Desk or send us an email (as above)

Date:Monday Jul 26, 2021

Time:4:30 PM  –  5:30 PM

Location:Online via Zoom

APL Book Store will open July 17 and 24!

The Library Book Store on the ground floor will reopen on Saturday July 17 and Saturday July 24, from 10AM to 12:30PM. We have been busy restocking and reorganizing and we have hundreds of books on the shelves for you to choose from! Prices range from 25 cents to $2. Entrance is through the Androscoggin Community Room. 

Date: Saturday Jul 17, and Saturday July 24

Time: 10:00 AM  –  12:30 PM

Location: Androscoggin Community Room

Lending Associate Position Available

The Auburn Public Library seeks a responsible, people-orientated person for a part-time associate position (16 hours per week) at our Lending Services desk.

This public service position assists the public with borrowing materials, answering routine questions related to library services, and providing reader’s advisory services. The Lending Services associate must be able to work effectively at the Lending Desk providing excellent customer service to customers of all ages, and use good judgment when dealing with the public. The ideal candidate will be well read in popular authors and books and able to convey enthusiasm for titles and authors to customers.

Minimum requirements include high school diploma (some college preferred), excellent  customer service skills, good attention to detail, and knowledge of recent popular books and genres.  Experience in a library, customer service or sales position is a plus.  Candidates should also have knowledge of basic office procedures and skills in basic arithmetic.

Hours may include some evenings and Saturdays. This position pays $13.00 an hour. The full job description may be seen on our web site:

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to , or send  by mail to Personnel Auburn Public Library 49 Spring St. Auburn, ME. 04210.

No phone calls, please.

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